Smartphones have changed virtually every aspect of our lives. In addition to fast and widespread communication, they’ve brought an incredible variety of useful tools and information right at our fingertips. Consequently, gone are the days when you had to read a poster or physically meet an informed friend to learn about an upcoming party or event. Today, a smartphone can keep you on track with your favorite DJs, give you real-time details of the best clubs in town, get you VIP tickets and drink coupons, link you up with friends, and even call you a cab when you’re ready to call it a night.
If you’re a sucker for parties, therefore, there’s no easier way to guarantee yourself a good time than with your phone. All you need is the right app, and you’ll never have a dull moment.
The following are the five most essential apps that every party lover should have on their smartphone.
Available for both iOS and Android smartphones, Scoutmob is the ultimate mobile guide to everything worth exploring in your city, which of course includes the best restaurants, bars, and events around. Feeding off a daily dose of first-hand information from real-life scouts on the ground, Scoutmob is always up-to-date with the current party highlights.
Moreover, the app lets you in on various deals and discounts to local hangout spots, such as happy hours and 2-for-1 drinks at a trendy bar. You can view these deals on a map, and therefore plan accordingly for the night, even before you leave the house. Best of all, Scoutmob and all its pleasantries are free on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.
It may be safer to have a designated driver accompany you to a party, but in truth, the convenience that comes with using cabs far outweighs the risk. Uber isn’t the only app that lets you get a fast and reliable ride, but it’s undeniably the most popular.
Operating in more than 500 cities worldwide, Uber can get you to wherever you want easily, day or night. Just open the app and tell it where you want to go, and, using your phone’s GPS, it will let a nearby driver of your choosing know where to pick you up. The driver’s picture and vehicle details are displayed, as is their position on the map, with which you can track the cab’s arrival. After the ride, you can rate your driver and give feedback on the app.
Uber sure has its shortcomings, but when it comes to getting a quick ride to a party, there’s no better app for the job. It’s also available over all the major smartphone platforms, which means that even the cheap backup smartphone you take to the club can get you a cab.
Partying isn’t any fun without friends. If you’re going to one or just hitting the town for a night out, you need to let your friends in on the plan. However, texting back and forth with your group to figure out what everyone is doing that night can easily get tedious This is where Wendr comes in.
For easier coordination, the app allows you and your friends to create simple profiles, within which you can type your night time plans, including locations, for all to see.
You can also group your friends into “crews” and proceed to share your plans with certain people only, which is great if, for example, your work friends and school friends don’t quite mix. And, when you decide to stay in, simply color-code your “availability” to red, and your friends will know not to bombard you with texts.
Wendr is fairly new, but it’s steadily catching on. Currently only available on iOS, it’s one of the best apps for planning a night out with friends.
If you’re the type that throws parties from time to time, MiniBar is the one app you should have on your phone. Rather than putting yourself through rigorous math trying to determine the amount of alcohol that will be enough for your guests, you can lay back and let the party decide. And, when the fountain starts to dry up, simply get onto the app and have a look at the different options you can choose from, including wine, beer, liquor, and mixers.
Ordering is simple, and your delivery arrives within a few minutes, ensuring your party continues without embarrassing hiccups. The best feature? No delivery fee! Having your alcohol brought to your party will cost no more than going to the store yourself. MiniBar also lets you book a bartender for your party at reasonable hourly rates.
Although parties are a lot of fun, you never want to be the drunkest of them all. Sure, it’s easy to get carried away, but having one too many can get you into all sorts of trouble. With iDrinkSmarter, however, your phone can be that trusted friend that ensures you never cross your limit.
The app makes it easy to stay “in your green zone” and enjoy yourself, without the worry of tipping over the line. Based on your gender, age, and weight, iDrinkSmarter generates a drink limit for you to stick to and gives you friendly notifications not to overdrink. You can also set a “buzz-kill’ alarm to remind you to check your alcohol intake every hour.
If you’re tired of waking up with only a vague recollection of the past night’s events, iDrinkSmarter is the app you need.
Partying has been around for a long time, but that doesn’t mean you should stick to the traditional. With the apps above, you can use your smartphone to better your chances of having a great time.